Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.  Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities.

This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.


Libraries and community organizations that serve children and their families are eligible to apply.  We encourage libraries and community organizations to work together on a Talk Story program.

Submit an Application (download PDF application) and 500 word essay detailing what your library would do with the award and what types of programs highlighting APA and AIAN cultures you are interested in planning for your community.  You may apply for either an APALA grant OR an AILA grant.


Applications must be received by Feburary 1, 2011. Awards will be announced by March 1, 2011.

Return applications for Asian Pacific American themed programs to the APALA Family Literacy Task Force chair, Lessa Pelayo-Lozada at or mail to 701 Silver Spur Rd. Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Return applications for American Indian/Native Alaskan themed programs to the AILA Family Literacy Task Force chair, Liana Juliano at or mail to 12116 Hallwood Dr. El Monte, CA 91732

Award Amount

$500 grant from APALA  OR $500 grant from AILA

Selection Criteria

Awardees will be selected based upon creativity and originality of the implementation of the Talk Story program as well as financial need.  Selection will also be based upon involvement of the library, community and community organizations as participants, leaders, and promoters of the proposed Talk Story program.

Use of Funds

Funds may be used to purchase library materials such as books, audiovisual materials, supplies for activities/crafts, programming costs such as hiring a storyteller, etc.  Funds must be used to support at least one Asian Pacific American or one American Indian/Alaskan Native themed program for children and their families at the library who receives the grant. The association you apply to directly will determine the program theme.  Spending of funds and a brief report of the completed program must be reported to the APALA/AILA Family Literacy Focus committee by December 31, 2011.  Funds must be used by November 30, 2011.


  1. Please send me the application for the Talk Story grant. I am a school librarian at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and would love to get more books for our rather large AIAN population.
    The link on your webapge appears to be broken.
    Thank you,
    Susan Bullard

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